Cannabis is considered a recreational drug and it is illegal in most parts of the world. Although it has such a negative image and reputation, the drug also proves to have some healing and positive capabilities. Research prove that it can treat mental and health illness such as depression, or chronic pain. There are many people who suffer from both and wish to find better ways to treat them. Antidepressants could be helpful drugs, but they also present patients with multiple side effects. It would be beneficial to innovate the market of drugs to treat mental illnesses, and at the same time change the reputation of natural drugs.
Endocannabinoids, which are chemical compounds in the brain, are activated with the help of cannabis, through THC, the active ingredient of the drug. Chronic stress reduces the production of endocannabinoids, which relate to the feelings of pain, anxiety, and overall well-being of a person. The reduction of these compounds could lead to chronic stress, followed by to the development of depression. This connection guides researchers to believe that cannabis can treat depression or chronic pain, since it activates the chemical compounds in the brain.
Researchers believe that the compounds of cannabis stabilize the person and in turn depression or chronic pain. The relationship between marijuana and depression is complex because there is paradoxical research that demonstrates how heavy smokers have a higher risk for depression.
It is concluded from the above observations and research, that cannabis could be a possibility for treating chronic pain and depression. The people who would wish to undergo this treatment must do it legally and they must not do it in excess, since this factor could actually make the person feel even more depressed. It depends on the person, how much would they consider the quantity to be enough and what is the stopping point, in order to actually help them feel better.